Alleged imposters arrested for posing as reporters to extort company

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Ho Chi Minh City police said Thursday they had arrested a woman and two men who for posing as Vietnam Television (VTV) reporters to extort a local company.

The real names of the three alleged imposters have not been released. Police said they had been let out on bail as investigations continue.

According to police, a woman impersonating Thu Uyen a famous reporter with VTV called Xuan Lan 727 Cosmetics Limited Company in Binh Thanh District to inform them that a VTV crew would film at the company for a TV report on market management officers causing problems for local companies.


The woman also said the company would have to pay VND32 million (US$1,533) for it to appear in the report for three minutes. She said the company would "be in trouble" if it refused to cooperate with VTV.


Several days later, the woman sent an email to Xuan Lan that said two VTV reporters named Hong Ban and Thanh Tuyen would visit the company at 9 a.m. on Wednesday to shoot the TV report.


She said the report would be broadcast at 8:30 a.m. Sunday on channel VTV1.


This time, she raised the "fee" to VND40 million ($1,917), adding that the report would now be longer.

Employees from Xuan Lan company then contacted the VTV office in HCMC to confirm the identities of the reporters and were told that there it had no reporters named Hong Ban or Thanh Tuyen.


Xuan Lan employees reported the case to police.


On Wednesday, police arrested the two male imposters as they received money from the company. The woman was apprehended later.


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